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Asbestos HVAC Duct Work Danger

HVAC duct work in many older attic spaces can be asbestos type.  HVAC systems using asbestos are very common in 1970’s and older Orange County homes.  Communities such as Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Irvine, and many other South Orange County, California homes have asbestos duct work danger throughout their HVAC systems.  It is also very possible that this same asbestos type ducting is located in concealed wall, ceiling, and floor spaces in your home.  Homes with asbestos ducting and liners can be very dangerous to the occupants.  When the air conditioning and heater are in use, asbestos fibers can become airborne.  It is illegal for Contractors or anyone else to alter, repair, or attach any new work to asbestos duct work.

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  • A substantial percentage of homes built in the 1960’s and 1970’s had asbestos ductwork installed during original construction.

  • Left undisturbed, asbestos-containing materials usually do not create any health risks.  However, as the product breaks down due to heat, aging, frequent contact, remodeling activities, and poor installation, tiny particles may be released into the air and ductwork.  These particles are then possibly inhaled into the lungs.  Asbestos fibers are microscopically small.  Those which seem to be visible to the human eye are actually threads of thousands of fibers.  The following diseases are commonly associated with asbestos:

    • Asbestosis:  A noncancerous respiratory disease that results from progressive scarring of the lung tissue caused by lodging of asbestos.

    • Mesothelioma:  A rare cancer in the lining of the chest and abdomen.  This is almost always associated with previous asbestos exposure.

    • Lung Cancer:  Inhaled asbestos particles act as a carcinogen when lodged in lung tissue.

For more information on Asbestos, see the National Cancer Institute Asbestos Fact Sheet.

If you would like more information on enjoying the best bathroom, kitchen, and interior remodeling experience, call Dan at (949) 380-0177 or at dan@dadsconstruction.com for a free in home consultation.  DAD’s serves all of South Orange County California including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, Ladera Ranch, Irvine, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, and Aliso Viejo.

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